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Senior Research Scientist at the Australian E-Health Research Centre., CSIRO

I am a computer scientist, researcher and former radio scientist. I spend most of my day building and talking to chat-bots for use in autism spectrum disorder, chronic pain and genetic counseling at the CSIRO.

My broad research interests are language, logic and artificial general intelligence.

I have expertise in natural language processing, logic, software design, functional programming, artificial intelligence, machine learning, radio physics and mathematics . My previous research at the University of Queensland was on biomedical imaging for detecting strokes in the brain and breast cancer using microwave radiation.

I am a beekeeper, rare book collector, and currently learning Latin. I believe Latin is the ultimate language for human to computer interaction.

I am also the father of a rambunctious autistic boy who is unaware he is bilingual and functions like a human GPS system. He is frequently involved in my research.

See my CSIRO profile at https://people.csiro.au/i/d/d-ireland

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Research scientist, CSIRO
  • 2013–2016
    Postdoctoral research fellow, CSIRO
  • 2010–2013
    Research officer, University of Queensland
  • 2009–2010
    EME Technical Officer, Kordia Ltd.

Education

  • 2009 
    Griffith University, PhD
  • 2005 
    Griffith University, MPhil
  • 2004 
    Griffith University, Bachelor of Engineering in Microelectronics

Publications

  • 2019
    Impact of deep brain stimulation on people with Parkinson’s disease: A mixed methods feasibility study exploring lifespace and community outcomes, Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • 2019
    Pain ROADMAP: A mobile platform to support activity pacing for chronic pain, Health Informatics
  • 2018
    Social Fringe Dwellers: Can chat-bots combat bullies to improve participation for children with autism?, Journal of Community Informatics
  • 2018
    Sentimental Analysis for AIML-based E-Health Conversational Agents, International Conference on Neural Information Processing
  • 2018
    Designing a Chat-Bot for Non-Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum, Health Informatics Conference, Sydney
  • 2017
    Can smartphones measure momentary quality of life and participation? A proof of concept using experience sampling surveys with university students, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
  • 2016
    Hello Harlie: Enabling Speech Monitoring Through Chat-Bot Conversations., Studies in health technology and informatics
  • 2016
    Balancing self-tracking and surveillance: legal, ethical and technological issues in using smartphones to monitor communication in people with health conditions, Journal of Law and Medicine
  • 2015
    Chat-Bots for People with Parkinson’s Disease: Science Fiction or Reality?, Studies in health technology and informatics
  • 2015
    Meeting The Challenges Of Measuring Community Participation Using Smartphones: An App To Measure Lifespace, Time Use, Activity Participation And Affect, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
  • 2015
    Low-energy Bluetooth beacons for lifespace assessment of people with neurological conditions, Antennas and Propagation (ISAP)
  • 2014
    Measuring the Lifespace of People With Parkinson’s Disease Using Smartphones: Proof of Principle, JMIR
  • 2014
    Microwave System for Head Imaging, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurment
  • 2013
    Modeling Human Head at Microwave Frequencies Using Optimized Debye Models and FDTD Method , IEEE Antennas and Propagation
  • 2013
    Microwave imaging for brain stroke detection using Born iterative method, IET
  • 2011
    Microwave head imaging for stroke detection, Progress in Electromagnetics